Friday, February 10, 2012

Online captioning 101: 4 vital tools to produce captioned online videos

Closed captioning provides equal access to any videos for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Unfortunately, most websites fail to provide captions (also known 'subtitles') for any posted videos. In light of the recent lawsuit against CNN by the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) it would serve all webmasters well to implement a fast and effective method to deliver captioned videos on their websites.

Here are 4 vital tools to produce captioned videos for the web:

  1. A media player that can play captioned video;
  2. A way of creating that captioned video;
  3. A way of letting users know which of their videos are captioned and which are not; and
  4. A caption production workflow – a process that enables the organization to ingest video, get captions created as quickly as they need, and publish the captions with the video, reliably and efficiently.

YouTube has also recently added a beta captioning program that makes it easy to add captions to any of your existing YouTube videos. Simply type up the script in chronological order and upload it as Text document when you edit the video.

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